3rd Manitoba Legislature

The members of the 3rd Manitoba Legislature were elected in the Manitoba general election held in December 1878. The legislature sat from February 1, 1879, to November 26, 1879.[1]

Premier John Norquay with the support of Joseph Royal was able to form a majority government.[2] However, Royal demanded that the government must have the support of a majority among both French-speaking and English-speaking representatives in the assembly. Royal, in partnership with Thomas Scott, attempted to take control of the government. Norquay countered by aligning himself with the English-speaking members of the assembly excluding Scott. A new election was held later in the year.[3]

John Wright Sifton served as speaker for the assembly.[1]

There was one session of the 3rd Legislature:[1]

Session Start End
1st February 1, 1879 June 25, 1879

Joseph-Édouard Cauchon was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.[4]

Members of the Assembly


The following members were elected to the assembly in 1878:[1]

Member Electoral district Affiliation[2]
Andrew Bourke Baie St. Paul Government
Kenneth McKenzie Burnside Government
John Taylor Headingly Government
John Drummond High Bluff Opposition
Alexander Sutherland Kildonan Opposition
John Stevenson Pembina Opposition
James Cowan Portage la Prairie Independent
Thomas Lusted Rockwood Opposition
John Gunn St. Andrews North Government
John Norquay St. Andrews South Government
Alphonse Larivière St. Boniface Government
Alexander Murray St. Charles Government
John Wright Sifton St. Clements Government
Louis Schmidt St. Francois Xavier East Government
Joseph Royal St. Francois Xavier West Government
David Marr Walker St. James Government
Pierre Delorme St. Norbert Government
Samuel Clarke Biggs St. Pauls Independent
Maxime Goulet St. Vital Government
Joseph Taillefer Ste. Agathe Government
Charles Nolin Ste. Anne Government
Arthur Wellington Ross Springfield Opposition
Corydon Partlow Brown Westbourne Government
Thomas Scott Winnipeg Opposition




No by-elections were held to replace members.


  1. ^ a b c d "Members of the Third Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (1878–1879)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  2. ^ a b Bryce, George (1904). Manitoba, its resources and people. p. 264. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  3. ^ Friesen, Gerald (1982). "Norquay, John". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  4. ^ "Past lieutenant governors". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21.